Crown of Shadows (Coldfire Series #3)

Crown of Shadows (Coldfire Series #3)

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by C. S. Friedman
     
 

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The stunning conclusion of the Coldfire trilogy. Warrior-priest Damien Vryce must once again unite with his unlikely ally, undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant, to defeat a genocidal demon who may prove to be invulnerable. If they lose this epic struggle which will take them from the depths of Hell to the birthplace of demons and beyond, they will sacrifice not only their

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The stunning conclusion of the Coldfire trilogy. Warrior-priest Damien Vryce must once again unite with his unlikely ally, undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant, to defeat a genocidal demon who may prove to be invulnerable. If they lose this epic struggle which will take them from the depths of Hell to the birthplace of demons and beyond, they will sacrifice not only their lives, but the very soul of all mankind. HC: Daw.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This closing volume of Friedman's Coldfire trilogy (When True Night Falls; Black Sun Rising) ably concludes one of the better fantasy series in recent memory. Even readers unfamiliar with the earlier volumes will quickly be enmeshed in the struggles of the Reverend Damien Vryce and The Hunter, Gerald Tarrant, to maintain the order of the planet Erna against the forces of the demon Calesta. The battle is made more complicated in this volume by the development of an allegiance between Calesta and Andrys Tarrant, a descendant of Gerald's who vows vengeance on his ancestor. Andrys is a bit too inept to ever seem threatening, however, and a bit too lacking in joie de vivre to come off as a classic Pretender/Fool. But the sections without Andrys, especially those focusing on The Hunter, are interesting enough, and as the final battles-involving The Church, The Hunter, the forces of Calesta and various people and factions whose alignments vary throughout the novel-are held around The Hunter's keep, readers will be enthralled. While Friedman introduces a science fictional raising-of-the-stakes gambit here that isn't entirely satisfying, her general mastery of her material should delight her fans. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Despite opposition by his Patriarch, warrior priest Damien Vryce again seeks the assistance of the immortal sorcerer Gerald Tarrant. While racing against time to prevent the enslavement of their world, the two men find themselves trapped between justice and retribution. Betrayal and loyalty assume ironic forms in this conclusion to Friedman's complex and compelling "Cold Fire Trilogy." The richly detailed setting and strong supporting characters give substance to a tale that explores the consequences of embracing evil in hopes of achieving its redemption. A priority purchase for fantasy collections.
Roland Green
Readers who have followed Friedman through "Black Sun Rising" and "When True Night Falls" will not be disappointed by this stout romance that concludes another fantasy trilogy. Here are Friedman's usual virtues: plenty of action, brisk pacing, and characters and settings painted with broad strokes and vivid colors. The battle between humans and demonic beings on the planet Erna has reached its climax. One of the demonic Iezu is seeking total power over all living things, especially humans, and only the combined efforts of Damien Vryce and Gerald Tarrant can defeat it. The warrior-priest and the zombie sorcerer are unlikely allies, but Friedman makes their adventures an absorbing story.
From the Publisher
"Stunning...A feast for those who like their fantasies dark, and as emotionally heady as a rich, red wine." —Locus

"Readers will be enthralled. —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886776640
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Series:
Coldfire Series , #3
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
"Stunning...A feast for those who like their fantasies dark, and as emotionally heady as a rich, red wine." —Locus

"Readers will be enthralled. —Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

An acknowledged master of Dark Fantasy, Celia Friedman is a John W. Campbell award finalist, and the author of the highly acclaimed Coldfire Trilogy, New York Times Notable Book of the Year This Alien Shore, In Conquest Born, The Madness Season, The Wilding and The Magister Trilogy.  Ms. Friedman worked for twenty years as a professional costume designer, but retired from that career in 1996 to focus on her writing. She lives in Virginia, and can be contacted via her website, www.csfriedman.com.

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Crown of Shadows (Coldfire Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading these three books. The bond that happens between Damien and Gerald is very complex. There were times when it seemed the same story line accured throughout the three books. The same pattern of taking a long journey against impossible odds, but was still a good read.
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I love this trio of books. This is about the 5th or 6th time reading them! My books are all worn out because i try to read them every 1 to 2 years. Now i have them on my Nook! I recommend these. If you like the wheel of time series, you will like these.
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I'm an avid reader of Sci-Fi & Fantasy and was running out of reading material that didn't involve teen vampires, and stumbled upon this trilogy recommendation on more than one of the "Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books" websites, so I thought I would give it a shot, and was pleasantly surprised! C. S. Friedman writes beautifully. I liked that the content is more for adult reading. And the concepts, plots, and characters are new, refreshing, and very well depicted!
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